On this hot, rainy weekend, find things to do with the kids, June 23-25

“Whether the Weather” from Pollyanna Theatre Company.

It’s going to rain this weekend: 80 percent chance on Saturday, 60 percent chance on Sunday, with highs in the low 90s. What’s a family to do? Take refuge in local family events, many of which are inside this weekend.

For more family events of the summer, check out our Summer events calendar.


Blanton Museum. Deeper Dives. Ages 8-12. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. See the museum and make art. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Star Party. Look at the stars. 9 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Friday. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.orgWildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Literature Live Presents: “Wiley and the Hairy Man.”  2 p.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch.

Tween STEAM: LittleBits Theme Park. 3:30 p.m. Friday, University Hills Branch.


“Whether the Weather.” Pollyanna Theatre Company presents this play for children 18 months to 5 years old based on a British nursery rhyme about the weather. 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Friday-Saturday. $6.50. AT&T Conference Room in the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. pollyannatheatrecompany.org

Jonah Bobo stars in Columbia Pictures’ heart-racing sci-fi family film “Zathura.” Columbia Pictures


Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Through July 30. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp. “Matilda.” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday. Lakeline. 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Slaughter Lane. “Iron Giant.” 10:10 a.m. Sunday. Slaughter Lane.  “Zathura.” 10:05 a.m. Sunday. Village. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Mueller.

Enjoy the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Humane Society kids. Perform Teddy Bear Surgery. 3 p.m. Saturday Register at austinhumanesociety.org. Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. For infant to 3. Learn about the sea. 9 a.m. Saturday. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Wildflower Center. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.orgWildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Toybrary Austin. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Lane. Suite 101. toybraryaustin.com.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Science Saturday: Technology of Today and Tomorrow. Children will be invited to learn about virtual reality, 3D printing and The Dumpster Project, which is bringing a tiny sustainable dumpster home to play in. 1-5 p.m. Saturday.  Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

The Sound of Music.” 2 p.m. Saturday. $10-$6. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

BookPeople story time. Adventures in Faraway Lands. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Saturday story times 11 a.m. at all locations: Rainbow Fish. Saturday.

Saturday Family Movie: “Independence Day: Resurgence.” 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.


Build a Better Boat. For ages 4 up. 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8. For ages 8 and up. 3:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Kids learn to do woodworking at The Thinkery. Photo by Hunter Douglas


Plaza Para Todos. Immerse yourself in culture at this family-friendly event that will feature live entertainment from local musicians and performing artists. The evening will also have children’s activities, classic Latino games and food from across Latin America. 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. eventbrite.com/e/plaza-para-todos-tickets-34840543002.

Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. A different section of the symphony plays each week. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

PBS Kids: “Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion.” 11 a.m. Sunday, Mueller.

“Cars 3” Family Party. 10:30 a.m Sunday, Mueller.

Literature Live Presents: “Wiley and the Hairy Man.” 3 p.m. Sunday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Hey Lollies Present: “Iris Saves the Land of Black and White.” 2 p,m. Sunday, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Camp Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Sundays. Faulk Central Library. 3 p.m. Monday, Old Quarry Branch.





Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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